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Interested in Growing Seedlings for Gardening Projects? Dudley Greenhouse Invites Proposals

Seedlings - Dudley Greenhouse
Seedlings - Dudley Greenhouse
Dudley residents have incredible expertise and energy around food. Our neighbors have built so many creative mechanisms to access the great food they want in their community.” – Sutton Kiplinger, Greater Boston Regional Director, The Food Project

We are currently accepting applications from groups interested in growing seedlings at the Dudley Greenhouse for use in gardening projects. Application Deadline: January 15, 2016 – 5 p.m. Apply now.

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Growing Together brings community action to Lynn

 

A Root Crew member talks about her experience leading Growing Together, which brings together youth groups in Lynn and the surrounding communities for social and food system change.

 
By Elizabeth D., 17, Lynn
 

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Creating a healthy food system for all

A reflection on the release of the draft Massachusetts Food System Plan

By Lucy Sweeney, Development Officer for Individual Giving & Events


Late last month, I joined fellow Food Project staff to attend Food Day at the State House. The room was bustling with a crowd of policy makers, nonprofit leaders, farmers, and food distributors who gathered for the public release of Massachusetts’ draft Food Systems Plan—the commonwealth’s first food plan in 40 years.

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The Food Project Recognized in the 2015 Annual Good Food Org Guide


We are thrilled to announce that The Food Project was chosen by Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation for their exemplary work in creating a fairer and more sustainable food system.

The James Beard Foundation and Food Tank, along with a prestigious advisory group of more than 70 food system experts, developed the second annual Good Food Org Guide featuring nearly 1,000 food-related nonprofits across the United States, including The Food Project.

The first annual 2014 Good Food Org Guide was released as the definitive guide to organizations—national and state-by-state—who are making an impact with their work. The 2014 Guide was viewed and downloaded by more than 100,000 individuals.

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Aetna Foundation Supports The Food Project’s Community Outreach and Education Programs

The Food Project is pleased to announce a $25,000 grant from the Aetna Foundation. Funding will support a number of community outreach and education programs in the Dudley neighborhood of Boston including:

Build-a-Garden – which builds raised-bed gardens for residents in the community and provides support for recipients to grow their own food. Participants are provided with seeds, seedlings, informational workshops, growing guides, and other support.

Farm to Family – a program that aims to remove barriers to access healthy food by allowing low-income families in Dorchester and Roxbury to purchase a weekly share of produce from The Food Project’s farms during the summer and fall at a reduced price. Participants can also use SNAP benefits to purchase their weekly shares.

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Ninety-Nine Year Lease given to The Food Project to farm land on West Cottage Street

The Food Project is excited to announce that the Dudley Neighbors Inc. (DNI), which has ownership over the parcel of land at 40 West Cottage where The Food Project has farmed on a year-to-year basis since 1998, has granted The Food Project a 99-year lease.


“We are excited to continue our relationship with DNI and to know that this land will be farmed for the next 99 years. This opportunity provides vibrant space for The Food Project and community members to grow healthy food for years to come,” says J. Harrison, executive director at The Food Project. “This serves as an important symbol and validation of the importance of urban agriculture.”

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Dudley Greenhouse invites proposals for community projects


"The Dudley Greenhouse opened its doors in 2011 as a community green space and, during the past 4 years, has served many residents and community groups.

The greenhouse provides space for food production as well as workshops, activities, and other programming that support residents in growing food and sharing cultures and resources. For this upcoming year, we invite proposals from groups and individuals to once again use and share this wonderful community resource.

The greenhouse is a 10,000-square-foot facility in the Dudley neighborhood of Roxbury. Owned by The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), leased by The Food Project, and guided by the Greenhouse Community Advisory Committee, it operates year-round as a food production and educational space.

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The Power of Food


The story behind the story, "Momos remind them of home" in The Boston Globe is one of youth, food and community. 

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The Eos Foundation supports The Food Project's work with youth and sustainable agriculture

The Food Project was chosen for the 15th consecutive year by the trustees of the Eos Foundation to receive a $100,000 grant. With this support, The Food Project will continue our powerful youth development programs, sustainably manage seven farms throughout the region, and engage with community members to increase food access and food security through our harvests, educational offerings, and resource development in our communities.

“We are truly grateful for the longtime generosity of The Eos Foundation to support our work of empowering youth to build a more just and sustainable food system,” says J. Harrison, executive director of The Food Project.  “We look forward to continuing this productive partnership.”

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The Food Project receives Cummings Foundation grant

The Food Project has been selected as one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “100K for 100” program. The Lincoln-based organization was chosen from more than 350 applicants during a very competitive review process. This award, over three years, will help The Food Project provide meaningful summer jobs for at least 240 young people that increase leadership, communication, and workplace skills. With these young people, The Food Project will grow and harvest more than 750,000 pounds of food, and provide 450,000 servings of fresh produce to underserved residents.

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